Arthia Nixon is a Caribbean born media personality who broke into the field fresh out of high school at 17 years old, as a full time staff reporter at The Tribune Ltd (Bahamas). Under managing editor John Marquis, she quickly became exposed to news and features and won several story of the month awards before she was even old enough to vote. It was around this time that she also got experience in television as a frequent correspondent and celebrity guest judge on top rated local youth show at the time Teen Scene with Giles Wells and Rashida “Africa Allah” Armbrister. Arthia would later reunite with Africa Allah in Atlanta as a part of her DIRadiocast team and on several other collaborative efforts.
By 21, Arthia was a published author, seminar speaker and had her writings featured in several countries. She had also transitioned into public relations. At Diane Phillips & Associates she had the opportunity to work on several major campaigns and also venture into magazines as the senior writer for Ferry Tales and Air Currents, the in-flight/on-board magazines for the Bo Hengy and Continental Connection Airlines respectively. While a publicist with Kathy Davis and Capital City Marketing, Arthia was given the opportunity to work directly with major events and organizations including ESPN, The Bahamas Culinary Classics and The Caribbean Volleyball Championships.
Arthia added radio to her repertoire by age 24 as a guest host on Kingdom Living with Glen P. Rolle. With the hosts travelling, Arthia was invited to host the two hour show solo interviewing politicians, musicians and other influential persons. As a correspondent for MzPaparazzi.com, Arthia became a celebrity blogger with an honest flair and sometimes controversial approach.
After a brief hiatus, Arthia returned with her own public relations firm, which was later renamed The Ambassador Agency, as a result of a prophecy from one of her spiritual mentors, Min. Deborah Clare. She also was credited as a contributor to CNN after working on the John Travolta extortion trial in. Coincidently, within a few years Arthia would find herself in Atlanta, Georgia where CNN’s headquarters are located.
After a few personal trials, her relocation to Georgia saw many triumphs including her being named one of the youngest editors at the oldest African-American owned newspaper in Jacksonville, Florida – The Florida Star, and the Georgia Star. Under the guidance of the legendary Clara McClaughlin (award-winning journalist and first African-American woman to own a television station), Arthia became one to watch in young black media, honored to join her publisher at events such as the National Newspaper Publishers Association seminar. In addition to her responsibilities as layout designer for the Georgia and Florida sections of the papers and now the front page, she was allowed to highlight her heritage with the inception of a Caribbean News section, which she served as editor. Her coverage of the London Olympics for the paper’s Sports section went viral in one day with over 47,000 hits. She credits much of her success at the paper to Angela Favors-Morrell who discovered her talents while in the Brunswick, St Simons and Jacksonville area.
In late summer 2012, Arthia returned to television as a correspondent with Telly Award Winning Magnetic Media show Turquoise Morning. Show creator, producer and host Deandrea Hamilton debuted Arthia’s Atlanta show in September 2012 in 43 cities in the Caribbean, as well as Miami and New York. Arthia led Hamilton on an excursion of the city‘s attractions which highlighted Centennial Olympic Park, the Martin Luther King, Jr. historical sites and culminated in a celebration at the Jamaican 50 Golden Jubilee where she had the honor of being to be the first person to interview Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie upon his appointment.
Arthia has had the table turn a few times as a guest/contributor instead of the one interviewing. Her more recent interviews have been on Turquoise Morning and Press Pass with Shenique Miller and as aguest commentator on Sports Radio Bahamas.
In Fall 2012, Arthia officially relaunched the Ambassador Agency by adding another component – Rise With Thia, her personal blog that incorporates the media houses she is affiliated with while giving candid uncut interviews which serve as the basis of her stories. As a part of her love for the arts and way to motivate youngsters, she gives special commendation to youth doing positive things, the arts and non-profits.
By winter 2012, Arthia was named an official Atlanta Celebrity Examiner for the Arts and Entertainment Section at Examiner.com. 2013 found her joining the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival 25 years as the only Bahamian on their media team. She is now publicist for the organization.
Despite being known to viewers and listeners as “Arthia in Atlanta”, she is first and foremost a fiercely devoted mother to her young daughter – a Principal’s List student in the gifted program who is competes in natural ‘cause for crowns’ pageants and is also a competitive gymnast who wants to go to the World and Olympic Games.
With a personal passion for domestic abuse survivors, Arthia has loaned her voice and image to several campaigns. Barely taking a day away from her writing, Arthia is also a well received novelist whose Pastors’ Wives series is an underground hit. Arthia’s vast talents include singing and dancing. Her expert eye has also granted her spots on the board of directors for three music recording labels including Dunamus Soundz Music Group with Lavard ‘Manifest’ Parks and television shows and as a celebrity guest judge on reality and live talent shows. She’s also featured as the publicist and guest advisor to contestants on 242Untapped, the Bahamian version of Sunday’s Best hosted by V-Mac.